First Look trailer: Mira Sorvino's direct-to-DVD backwoods chiller 'The Presence'

According to IMDb, Mira Sorvino has been quite busy lately. Although, to be honest, we sort of tuned out around the time she costarred with Val Kilmer’s blind masseuse in 1999’s At First Sight. So we were pleased to see the trailer for her creepy new haunted-cabin flick, The Presence. The fact that it was produced by The Blair Witch Project‘s Daniel Myrick only heightened our interest.

What can we tell from the trailer to this straight-to-DVD supernatural thriller? Well, first off, that Ms. Sorvino (sorry, Academy Award-winner Ms. Sorvino) appears to have inherited a secluded cabin in the woods from her grandfather, who wasn’t a good guy. Second, that some sort of ghost who looks quite a bit like Shane West haunts said cabin with the intent of freaking her out. Third, that costar Justin Kirk has apparently been nominated at some point in the past for a Golden Globe in no way prevents him from being stalked in an outhouse. Fourth, that the whole final-scare-lunge-at-the-camera trick is still being used by trailer cutters. And finally, that it comes out on Oct. 4. Take a peek and let us know what you think…

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  • DrBeebo

    This looks hilarious! The new benchmark of crap horror. On the plus side, it’s straight to video…that makes me the premiere.

    • SteveKopp

      This is actually a terrific, intelligent movie. I saw it at a festival in Seattle. It is beautifully shot – like a classic film – yet has very unique aspects. It’s a remarkably quiet movie, with some sudden jolts. Very unnerving. My group was split over it but everyone thought it was very well done. An entire first act without dialogue definitely threw a few in my group! I loved that.

  • Liz Lemon

    You lost me at “direct-to-DVD.”

  • Mal

    The ghost is Shane West….

  • Nic

    Looks odd and painfully bad. Why are these actors in this?

    • Javadude54

      Bills, mortgages, vacations to Aruba, new car, latest fashions, something to do while the in-laws are visiting, need money to pay taxes, house remodeling, jewelery. The list goes on.

  • SallyMom34

    I saw this movie at the Dallas Film Festival and it was wonderful. It is very different than a normal ghost story, it’s more a gothic romance with some very good scares. And highly original… the first 20 or so minutes have no dialogue. We loved it.

  • Brad S

    This looks pretty interesting to me. The talent alone makes it intriguing as do some reviews I’ve read online. I’ll check it out.

  • Christopher

    Hum… It’s a shame we won’t see this film on the big screen – the cinematography and use of uber-widescreen is phenomenal (saw it at the Director’s Guild theatre). But, then again, with all the 60-inch TVs out there… Oh yeah, the trailer fails to show Tony Curran who plays a major character (my favorite in the film, actually!)

  • Mark

    Jeez, tough crowd! Yes, every horror trailer looks like this, and yes, they are still cutting in those lunging beasts at the end, those trailer editors! And yes, Justin Kirk was nominated for “Weeds”, a show he’s still on and is quite good in. I, too, saw this film on the big screen at a film festival in Indianapolis. Frankly, it’s nothing like the trailer. It’s an intelligent, unique film that someone at Lionsgate thought they needed to dumb down to sell. I get it. As for why it’s straight-to-video, well I guess that’s just the biz. This film offers the discriminating audience something special, that’s why it’s won several awards, (I have IMDB, too!). I suppose that’s why it’s not in theaters. Low budget horror films for discriminating audiences don’t play in theaters. Haven’t you noticed that lately?!? I, for one, look forward to watching it again.

  • Keith

    Completely agree with Mark. Saw a preview screening of this, and it’s not “just another direct-to-DVD” movie. There are several good movies (some even w/ big names) that don’t get theatrical release these days, so I think outlets like EW need to re-evaluate the terminology. THE PRESENCE is a smart, almost art house ghost story, and extremely well done. If distributors didn’t know how to sell it for the big screen, that says more about them then the picture.

    • Keith

      To elaborate re: the terminology, there is an important difference between “made for DVD” and “direct-to-DVD.”

    • Keith

      *than the picture.

  • kathy

    The movie is nothing like that trailer. It’s a very quiet, slow- build, gripping and strangely romantic experience. With none of those cheesy “ghost” effects in the trailer. Highly recommended.

  • Lydia Roberts

    The only place this is going to are the shelves at Blockbuster next to the other straight to DVD releases from the likes of straight to DVD kings such as Michael Madsen, Ron Perlman, Eric Roberts, Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Ray Liotta, Ving Rhames, Steven Seagal, Jean Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Cuba Gooding Jr, Wesley Snipes, Danny Trejo, Armand Assante, Michael Biehn, Cary Elwes, Vinnie Jones, Andy Garcia, Tom Sizemore, Gary Daniels, Steve Austin, Michael Jai White, Dean Cain, Christopher Walken, Curtis Jackson, Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Robert Patrick, Brandon Routh, Burt Reynolds, Chevy Chase, Christopher Lloyd, Forest Whitaker, etc.

    • danieldavis

      at least seven of those people you listed aren’t dtv regulars, they’ve just done one for another reason or another (might as well put Kevin Bacon on that list while you’re at it.

  • Andrew

    I’m definitely hearing mixed reviews on The Presence. I put it in my Blockbuster Movie Pass queue so I can decide for myself. That’s one of the things I love about having the service, that with a monthly cost (not by rental) and the ability to take a disc in for an in-store exchange, I don’t really feel like there’s any risk to giving movies a try. It’s a very cost effective way of renting movies, games and it has a ton of instant streaming too. Oh yeah, and as DISH Network employee I’m also happy to tell people that when they sign up for DISH now they can get Blockbuster Movie Pass free for 12 months.

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